Brigid O'Neill

Award: Develop Your Skills (Transmission)

Year: 2021

Genre: Folk

Instrument/voice type: Songwriter

Location: Northern Ireland


Described by Ralph McLean of BBC Radio Ulster as “A great songwriter with a voice that can break your heart at 30 paces” Brigid O’Neill from Co. Down in NI is a genre-spanning songsmith whose evergreen music appeals to multiple generations. An immensely gifted story teller, her latest album ‘Touchstone’ sees her effortlessly weave elements of folk, country and jazz into relatable tales of happiness, heartbreak and the human condition.

Following the critical success of Touchstone she is set to release her highly anticipated follow-up this year produced in Nashville by award winning Neilson Hubbard. She released the first single’Leaving’ last year, a deeply emotive song with a story tackling the impact of domestic violence with immense sensitivity and empathy and has just released the second single Prayers with accompanying music video premiered on Hot Press Magazine.
“Brigid O’Neill has a voice like a clear cut diamond. ‘Leaving’ is a stunningly beautiful song that will guarantee to stun audiences into silence at any live performance.” British Country Music Festival.

Brigid has performed everywhere from the world-famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville to the iconic Grand Opera House in Belfast, writing with Grammy award writers and playing with like-minded artists such as Iain Archer, Paul Brady, Eddi Reader, Duke Special and Frances Black, along the way. the way. She is a recipient of numerous Arts Council and Music industry awards, including Help Musicians UK, and PRS Foundation and was long-listed for the Glastonbury Festival 2020 Emerging Talent Competition - “Brigid O’Neill is supremely confident both musically and lyrically”

O’Neill has an impressive list of cross media music projects in her cv, including collaborations with Belfast Film Festival, poets, dancers and most recently creating and curating the Heritage In Song Project for the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, writing and performing specially commissioned songs about wonderful-but sadly often at risk-buildings in her native Northern Ireland.

Follow Brigid on Facebook and for more information go to her website.  
I will use the financial support from Help Musicians for a targeted skill development package which includes:
  • a mentoring programme on professional development and a strategic framework for an album release campaign 
  • Advanced guitar, vocal and songwriting tuition to facilitate development and more independence as an artist.
The project is a 4 strand package designed specifically to help me become a stronger, more able and more confident, independent performer, singer and songwriter and to allow me to fulfil my full potential.